New Tenant at Colt Gateway in Hartford

Thursday, Dec 13, 2012  |  Updated 2:29 PM EDT
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New Tenant at Colt Gateway in Hartford

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Foley Carrier Services LLC has relocated its operations from Glastonbury to a 17,000-square foot space in the South Armory of Colt Gateway in Hartford, Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement on Thursday. The move brings 110 jobs to Hartford immediately, with plans to add up to 70 new jobs within three years.

“This is great news for the city and marks a solid step towards transforming the historic Colt complex into a thriving retail, office, and commercial center,” Malloy said. “Foley Carrier Services is a Connecticut success story in its own right, and will help us attract additional business and investment to the South Armory building.  We welcome Foley Carrier and their employees to the capital city.”

Foley Carrier Services was founded in 1992 and provides drug and alcohol testing and other services to help transportation providers remain in compliance with Federal Department of Transportation regulations. The company has more than 30,000 clients. In 2010, Foley was acquired by BirdDog Solutions, Inc., a third-party logistics provider.

“Our relocation to Hartford is a textbook example of the good things that can happen when city and state officials work cooperatively with private companies and neighborhood groups,” Joel Sitak, BirdDog and Foley CEO, said. “This iconic site offers many advantages—including easy access to public transit, and is the ideal location to attract the high-potential people we need, particularly Spanish bilingual applicants to serve our burgeoning Latino customer base. We hope to hire up to 40 new associates over the next 12-15 months.”

The state Department of Economic and Community Development is providing a $500,000 grant to Colt’s developer for leasehold improvements.

“My desire to honor the Colt legacy is no secret. Foley’s move to Hartford represents yet another remarkable step forward in converting Hartford into an accessible, sustainable option for businesses. This is another example of effective public/private partnerships that enable economic growth and job creation. I look forward to working with established partners —and new friends—to continue the ongoing renaissance of Connecticut's Capital City,” said Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra.

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